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All-round Dos Santos ready for battle

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Junior Dos Santos is determined to prove he is no one-trick pony when he faces Mark Hunt at UFC 160 on May 25.

The heavyweight has relied on his boxing skills in his fights, but he feels that if he is to get his hands back on the title he will have to develop his game. And it would appear he sees the clash with Hunt as the ideal platform to showcase his skills.

"I was trying to fight standing all the time, but it's MMA. You have to use jiu-jitsu and wrestling," Dos Santos said on MMAjunkie.com Radio. "So now, it's more clear to me. I have to use all my skills to win the fights, especially when you're fighting against someone like Cain Velasquez."

Dos Santos beat Cain Velasquez to win the title, only to lose to same fighter in December last year. But there is the distinct possibility of a third meeting if Dos Santos beats Hunt and Velasquez takes care of Antonio Silva on the same card.

And Dos Santos is working hard on his all-round game, as he continued: "You have to get prepared to fight anywhere, and I'm training a lot in my jiu-jitsu skills, and I think I'm getting even more confident in that area.

"If I feel I have to take him down, I will do that, and I will be looking to submit him."

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